Bangkok Flood Update – 01/11/2011

Bangkokians Continue To Panic Buy Amid Mounting Frustration

Don’t Panic! Bottled drinking water, convenience foods, some baby products and local beers (Singha and Chang), are not so easy to find. It is probably advisable to stock up a bit, but don’t go crazy and start panic buying. It is the cheap brands that are flying off the shelves from 7 Eleven, Family Mart and some supermarket chains such as Big C and Tesco Lotus. In particular, cheap brands of drinking water and instant noodles are leaving shelves bare.

Calm Down! Meanwhile, the Thais in flooded areas of outer Bangkok are becoming increasingly frustrated. It is partly understandable, but the Thai government are trying to emphasize how essential it is that Suvarnabhumi International Airport and the central business districts in Bangkok remain operational. Not an easy task under the circumstances.

High & Dry! Central Bangkok remains dry and safe, as it has since the floods descended upon the capital. The flood defence barriers are holding up (so far so good) and Suvarnabhumi International Airport remains high and dry.

Trick Or Treat? Downtown Bangkok is still dry, although Halloween was rather subdued this year, due to the flood fear factor. A number of people endeavoured to get into the party spirit, but the crowds were scarce. Many Bangkok bar bosses felt tricked rather than treated this Halloween. One long-term Bangkok bar owner commented, ‘Once again, exaggerated media reports, plus travel warnings, has killed bar trade. I fear that a lot of people have cancelled their holidays, but let’s hope they book again later.’

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8 Responses to “Bangkok Flood Update – 01/11/2011”

  1. marek says:

    “although Halloween was rather subdued this year” yeah, was quite shocking to see, some bars with 30+ girls and almost no customers. well, more choices for me 😉

  2. Joe says:

    Hey Dave…do you anticipate the flooding will get worse or better in the coming weeks? I’m set to arrive in BKK on 11/12, and staying near Nana…although I’ve been considering cancelling. What is your unbiased opinion?

    Thanks,
    Joe

  3. Hi Joe, the flood situation is getting better overall in Bangkok, but lower Sukhumvit never was affected at all. Downtown Bangkok has remained bone dry the whole time. This is what makes these travel warnings and inaccurate media reports so ridiculous. You would think these media machines would have a sense of responsibility. Obviously not!

  4. Ken says:

    Hi Dave,

    How is the club and Go Go bar scene in Bangkok right now? Are the Nana plaza still open? Or is everything closed because of the flooding? Was planning to come to Thailand next week (mid november) and wanted to know if Bangkok is worth a visit or just head out to Phuket.

  5. Hi Ken,

    Lower Sukhumvit arfea remains dry, as it always has throughout the flooding. Soi Cowboy, Nana Plaza and all the other nightspots in this vicinity are open. However, there is a drop in bar trade and bar girls turning up for work. Some beers, especially Singha will soon suffer a shortage, with production problems due to the floods. Incidentally, Phuket is already facing a water and beer supply problem. So far lower Sukhumvit is open and serving as normal.

  6. Robert says:

    Hi there Dace.

    Fine looking website you have!

    My mates and I are planning on going to Bangkok this weekend, and wondered if there is any action at all in the city of Bangkok?

    I’ve seen your comments above, but wonder if you have any updates?

    Like, how many tourists/people are there in Bangkok right now? Is the city like an empty ghost town? Furthermore, how is the club scene, are the biggest clubs, like route 66, bedsupperclub, and the gogo bars open?
    Are those clubs like empty, so that me and my mates would be like the only ones there?

    Regards!

  7. Hi Robert, don’t worry there is still plenty of nightlife action, but Bangkok is quiet due to the paranoia about the flooding. OK, here are the facts…

    (1) Downtown Bangkok is dry and safe, as it has been throughout Thailand’s flood crisis. All the bars, pubs, go-go bars and nightclubs are operating as normal. However, it is very quiet for the time of year. The flood fear factor has taken its toll. But, looking on the bright side, there are a lot of lonely ladies around Bangkok right now.

    (2) I have been posting some Bangkok Flood Updates; scroll down the Home Page. No change in the situation. The Bangkok city centre remains high and dry!

    (3) Regarding the nightclubs, Bedsupperclub is expensive. You should try Climax Club (inside Ambasssador Hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 11) and Club Insomnia (between Sukhumvit Soi 12 and 14). Don’t forget Nana Liquid Disco (Free entrance inside Nana Hotel).

  8. Craig says:

    Hi Dave;
    we met Holloween night in Angelwitch as I was there trying to enjoy the holiday. It was great meeting you then and the next couple of nights. Angelwitch was awesome and the shows were incredible as well as the girls. Glad i stayed i nbangkok for the next 2 weeks and just left this past Saturday. Well be back soon and I will be back at Angelwitch! Well also Las Vegas upstairs too LOL. Take care.

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